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Vintage Doors restored via glassslipperrestorations.com

Just a little update  on the “to do” list for ya, I chose to work on the doors, if you visited Our Incomplete Home Tour,

and I know you did, if not I hope you will take a few minutes and visit, you may remember I mentioned only three doors,

well I totally forgot about the one at the top of the stairs which leads to our attic!

So, anyways, I have been scraping, filling, sanding, filling, sanding, painting, sanding, painting, etc…etc…

Before I began working on the doors, I painted out this newly built door jamb,

rather than bore you with the details, here is a before and after photo. Door jam before/after via glassslipperrestorations.com

On the other hand, I will share the details of the doors themselves, each door is a very cool 4 panel, solid wood, original and each is special in its own way…

Some call it character, if these doors could talk, I think they could tell some very interesting stories.

I often find myself  imagining just who, and what went on in this old house.

I would love to have met the man who built this home and the family that lived in it, ya know this home is over 100 years old!

It was built in another location, 25 miles from here, I can imagine how it must have felt to live in those days when this home was brand new!

Wow! It’s history and I love daydreaming about it with every stroke of the paintbrush, we are preserving history,

this home will live on, long after we’re gone! That’s Awesome to me, I Love this old house!!!

You see no matter how much I sand and scrape and paint, it feels good…

It makes me Happy, It makes me Sing, It makes me Dance!

no wonder it takes me foorr…eever to get anything done, with all the daydreaming singing and dancing going on…..

enough of that, back to business.

This door belongs to Gary, the Den/Office/Guestroom (blue room), Glidden’s French Grey, to be exact, a beautiful Blue /Grey shade.

We love the color in the room, we are going for a calm serene feel in this room and this color does it! Do you see the special character of this door?

If you look closely, you can see it is a bit wonky and it has a broken panel (large crack).

Den Door -Two downbefore


The plan is to stain the new trim for this room in a custom chocolate mahogany shade that matches our Ethan Allen entertainment unit.

I would like the door stained to match also, but it would take a lot of extra work to strip the door down to bare wood, 10 years ago, I may have done just that, but I am growing weary lazy in my old age and am more willing to look for alternatives.

 The room will have accents of black so I decided to paint this side of the door black.

The opposite side faces the hallway where I’m going for a bright, cheery, welcoming feeling in a golden-yellow shade with all white trim, so white it is!

Did you notice this awesome vintage hardware?

Vintage Door hardware-two down Vintage Door Hidge-two down

Why would anyone paint over this?… nevermind, I know those kind of painters, but I am not one of them.

I know some of us would love to have this look just as is, and I do love this look maybe to decorate with but on my newly painted door I felt I needed to restore it as best I can. They turned out awesome! I’ll show you how I removed the paint from all the hardware in another post soon.

So this is how this door got its smile!

First I removed the hardware. All the doors had six large deep holes drilled into them, where a screw was inserted to help hold them together.

The holes had to be filled, I used wooden dowels and glue to fill them.

Check out this special character….

Holes drilled for screws in vintage door via glassslipperrestorations.com Filling hole with wooden dowel via glassslipperrestorations.com cutting dowel with flush cut blade via glassslipperrestorations.com Filled hole in vintage door via glassslipperrestorations.com

Next, I scraped off any loose paint, sanded the whole thing with 80 grit sandpaper, filled cracks and holes and sanded again with 120 grit sandpaper then painted the first coat, sanded again with the 120 grit and painted the second coat, installed the restored hardware and voilà!

vintage doors,1 black,1 white via glassslipperrestorations.com

I’m calling her Black Beauty! Can you see her smile?? Isn’t she Sexy! I am a little partial to the black one, because she’s different, the white one is common but

of course they are both Sexy! Which one do you like best?

Because I just cannot wait to show you…..

Here’s a close up of the restored door hardware (even more Sexy)!

Restored door hardware via glassslipperrestorations.com restored vintage door hinge via glassslipperrestorations.com Restored vintage door hardware via Glassslipperrestorations.com

and of course I did the same work on both sides and the second door as well…Two down,Two to go!

I think this old house Loves me too!

If any of you would like to see a step by step on how I re-finished these doors, I will be glad to show you in another post after I finish the next two.

Please let me know.I would also love to hear from y’all about any project you have taken on recently!

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  • Wendy Smith August 16, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Beautiful work as usual! I know exactly how you feel thinking about those who lived there and what went on in the house! It makes me sad to see old houses in disrepair. To think no-one cared enough to keep their family home up. I don’t care if it’s the smallest shack or a big mansion; every home was once someones dream where many memories were made. Happy or sad, that’s what makes us who we are.

  • Wendy Smith August 16, 2013, 8:53 pm

    Oh, I forgot to say….. I’m very proud of the work you and Gary have done and continue to do to bring the house back to life!!!

    • Cindy August 17, 2013, 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy, I’m so excited to visit your Beautiful Barn Home soon, it is truely amazing!!! We are very proud of all the work you two have done as well! Guess this runs in the family!

  • kathleen August 17, 2013, 11:57 am

    love, love these doors. makes me so happy to see them restored, especially the hardware. they are amazing.

    • Cindy August 17, 2013, 5:39 pm

      Oh yes!, We are pretty sure the hinges and the escutcheons are made of copper! Cound not see that with all the paint….:( so much better now!

  • Nancy January 29, 2014, 10:28 am

    They are both beautiful doors…I would love to see the door in its doorway….I have been seeing more black doors….they are stunning!
    You did an awesome job restoring the old door, no matter what color…it is beautiful….

    • Cindy January 29, 2014, 11:30 am

      Hi Nancy, your wish is my command lady ;). The room has along way to go but here it is, the post has been updated for you.So come back for another visit. Great idea! I am loving the black so much that I am now truely leaning towards painting all the trimwork black as well. What do you think?

      • Nancy January 29, 2014, 5:54 pm

        thank you! the door is stunning in its space!
        It is so grand looking, rich and delightful…..
        I will be watching!

  • Martina January 29, 2014, 11:26 am

    They both look beautiful but I absolutely love it painted black!! Love that pretty hardware!

    • Cindy January 29, 2014, 11:33 am

      Thanks Martina, it’s comments like this that will help me with my final decisions.

  • Deborah January 30, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Great job on the doors! Love that hardware. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


    • Cindy January 31, 2014, 11:06 am

      Thanks Deborah, Always glad to share at your fabulous parties!


  • Kelli February 9, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Beautiful – both are, but I’m partial to the black one because I am painting all of my doors black! Eee! Exciting and scary all at the same time. I linked up with DIY Show off too, and that’s where I found you! Can’t wait to look around your blog 🙂

    • Cindy February 10, 2014, 4:45 pm

      Hi Kelli, so glad you stopped by for a visit, and thanks for commenting! Your doors will be Beautiful in black and once you are done you won’t regret it!

  • Nancherrow February 13, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I LOVE the black! What a transformation from light to dark. Would love for you to share at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Cindy February 14, 2014, 10:43 pm

      Thanks for the invite, see ya next week!

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